Important information regarding school closure – from Monday 23 March 2020

    Dear all,

    As we all struggle to come to grips with our new normal I wanted to take a moment to write to you all.

    Firstly, I hope that you are all well and that your families are able to stay safe during this difficult time.

    Secondly, I want you to know, that we know, you are parents and not teachers.

    This is unchartered territory for us all and we understand that several of you will be completing your own vital work from home and supporting vulnerable members of the community.

    Students have been set work to do on SMHW and teachers who are well and not leading sessions here at school, are available via email or Microsoft Teams to support and guide those at home during usual school hours.

    The work students have been set is a combination of revision, pre learning and new topics. What is key is that if students are feeling well, they do something every day – reading, maths, topic based work. However, please feel free to add to our suggestions; cooking together, researching family history, writing letters to friends and relatives, developing a computer programme, junk modelling, drawing cartoons, playing board games, building lego creations, planting seeds – all of these are valuable experiences. There are huge amounts of online resources available – however, please choose those activities that you feel as a family you can support.

    When school reopens fully we will work hard with DfE, exam boards, the Trust and other schools to ensure that the right content is delivered to our young people so they can continue to enjoy learning and be fully prepared for external exams. Some students will be anxious about returning and we will do all we can to support them. As soon as we receive any information we will of course share with you all.

    It is vital that students comply with government guidelines regarding social distancing and remain at home. We want our children to remain healthy however, physical activity could be walking to the shops for a neighbour, completing the Joe Wicks daily workout online or creating a circuit in the house/garden. This generation are masters of the online age but please remind them of the esafety guidance they have received from PSHE lessons; especially regarding appropriate content and sharing of personal information. Sticking to routines is a great way to support mental health and sleep routines are often a key factor in positive wellbeing. If as a family you are struggling with any of the above please be in touch and we will endeavour to support.

    School is open for Key Worker, EHCP and Vulnerable children. We aim to remain open throughout this period as a childcare facility and I thank all my staff who providing this service.

    Finally, I hope that you all remain well and please do be in touch if we can support. A sheet of key numbers and contacts can be accessed via the link below. If you have a photo from a home learning experience or an act of community kindness please do share with us here at school – all smiles are appreciated.

    Warmth and good health to you all,

    Mrs Becky Arnold


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